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Encyclopedia > Kevin Duckworth

Kevin Jerome Duckworth, aka The Duck (born April 1, 1964 in Harvey, Illinois) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, most notably a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Harvey is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Basketball is very popular in U.S. colleges. ... NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West The National Basketball Association, more popularly known as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... The Portland Trail Blazers is a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


Duckworth attended Eastern Illinois University, and was drafted with the ninth pick in the 2nd round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. Later that season, he was traded to Portland for disgruntled rookie Walter Berry. Eastern Illinois University, founded 1895, is a university located in Charleston, Illinois. ... 1986 NBA Draft - 17 June 1986 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft NBA Rookie of the Year Award (1987): Chuck Person (# 4) The Slam Dunk Champion for 1989 would come in the form of Kenny “Sky” Walker the fifth pick. ... The San Antonio Spurs are a National Basketball Association team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Walter Berry (born May 14, 1964 in New York, New York) is a former pro and college basketball player. ...


His rookie season was unspectacular, as Duckworth came off the bench to back up center Steve Johnson (who in turn got the starting center position when Sam Bowie suffered a broken leg). However, the next season Johnson went down with an injury (in addition; Bowie broke his leg again at the beginning of the season), and Duckworth was pushed into the starting role. Duckworth responded, averaging around 14 points and seven rebounds per game, sufficient to land him the Most Improved Player award. The following season, Duckworth improved his averages to 18.1 points and eight rebounds per game, and was named to the Western Conference All-Star team. After the 1988-89 campaign, Bowie was traded to the New Jersey Nets for Buck Williams, Johnson was left unprotected in the expansion draft, and Duckworth thus has the starting center job full-time. The center is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Steve Johnson is a shortened form of Steven Johnson. ... Samuel Paul Bowie (born March 17, 1961 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is a former National Basketball Association center who is best known for being selected ahead of Michael Jordan in the NBA Draft. ... A rebound, in some sports, is the retrieval of the ball after a missed shot, especially in basketball and netball. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Charles Linwood Williams (born March 8, 1960 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina), better known as Buck, is a former American professional basketball player. ...


The 1990 and 1991 campaigns were also successful for Duckworth and the Blazers. Although 1988-89 was statistically Duckworth's best season; the team enjoyed greater success the in the following years; advancing to the NBA Finals in 1990, and posting a 63-19 record in the 1990-1991 season. The presence of Williams as the starting power forward allowed Duckworth to concentrate on his offensive game. In 1991; Duckworth was also selected as an All-Star. The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Duckworth's production began to slip in the 1991-1992 campaign, as his physical conditioning (a problem which dogged him for his entire career--even in his most productive seasons he carried quite a bit of weight) deteriorated somewhat. Duckworth was outplayed in the 1992 NBA Finals, and was even less productive in the following season (in which the Blazers failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs). At the end of the 1992-93 season, Duckworth was traded to the Washington Bullets for forward Harvey Grant. 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The NBA Playoffs are four rounds of competition between sixteen teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conferences (called Divisions, pre-1970) of the National Basketball Association. ... The Washington Wizards are a National Basketball Association team based in Washington, D.C.. // Franchise history The team now known as the Wizards started as the Chicago Packers in the 1961-62 season. ...


Duckworth played four more seasons in the NBA -- two for the Bullets, one for the Milwaukee Bucks (though he missed most of the year due to injury), and one for the Los Angeles Clippers in 1996-97. He retired from professional basketball after that season. The Milwaukee Bucks are a National Basketball Association team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


As of 2005, Duckworth maintains a home in the Portland area. 2005 (Roman: MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Portland is the largest city in Oregon, and county seat of Multnomah County. ...


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